Hi everyone! Well, I survived my first three days with my new kiddos. I have 24 and they are so sweet!! We mainly focused on the rules and routines. We also learned all of our names and made some fun projects to begin our year together.
Every morning, we complete a morning message during our morning meeting. I now call it Chit Chat after reading about Deanna Jump's messages (she just posted a chit chat pack on TPT, too).
I write the message on chart paper, but I also make a paper copy for all of my students. Yes, I do have to make 24 copies every morning. I try to be conservative about paper in other subject areas.
When we circle things or fill in blanks on the large letter, they follow along on their individual letters (they all have clip boards). Then, they can bring a letter home every day to read to their families.
The letter is fairly basic in the beginning of the year so they get used to the routine. I also do not leave anything blank in the beginning because I want them to be able to learn the new words and predictable text. At this point, we usually circle letters/sounds and look for our new sight words. I try to include ordinal numbers (4th day) and I leave them with a compliment at the end (we are reading the bucket fillers book).
As the year progresses, I add some math to the bottom, leave sight words blank, and ask questions.
Here is the copy of tomorrow's letter:
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SWISH, SWISH, LITTLE FISH!
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